Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On January 26

On this day in ...
... 1961 (50 years ago today), Dr. Janet Travell became the 1st woman to serve as White House physician when John F. Kennedy (near left), sworn in as President just a few days earlier, named her his personal physician. Travell (far left) had earned degrees from Wellesley and Cornell, and was a professor of clinical pharmacology at Cornell. She'd been the pain-management physician for Kennedy, who suffered from severe back problems, since 1955. Travell died at age 95 in Boston, in 1997.

(Prior January 26 posts are here, here, and here.)

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